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David Phillips

Aerodrome Management Consultant & Expert Witness

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David Phillips
Aerodrome Management Consultant & Expert Witness



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Accountable Manager for Licensed Aerodromes

Management Military lead for post-conflict reconstitution of international airport
Experience: Provision of airfield support services at various UK locations


ATC Operational

Military Air Traffic Controller, Examiner and Instructor
Experience: Aerodrome, Radar and Area Control, UK and Europe


Flying Experience:

EASA CPL(A) & PPL(H), Flight Instructor - Fl(A),
Flight Examiner - FE(A),
2500hrs total time of which 1100hrs instructing


Professional Bodies:

Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS)


Career History:





2013 - date

GMR Consulting, UK and USA

Aerodrome Management Consultant and Expert witness

Providing Consulting and Expert Witness services in connection with all aspects of aerodrome standards and operations, together with wider aviation management capabilities. Includes aerodrome licensing & management, integrated management systems (Quality & Safety), emergency / contingency planning, environmental issues, habitat control, regulatory risk, strategic planning and change management.


Sep'14 - date

The Phillips Partnership Ltd, UK

Independent Management Consultancy focused on the aviation industry, specialising in:

Regulatory Advice, Safety Management, Compliance, Change Management,

Environmental Assessment, Project Preparation and Monitoring, Interim Management and Business Development.

Additionally offer flight calibration services for aircraft across UK, Europe and Middle East.


Feb '12 - Sep'14

Wycombe Air Park, Bucks, UK

Managing Director
Accountable Manager for Licensed Aerodrome, Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), European Aviation Safety Agency Approved Training Organisation (EASA ATO) and Part M maintenance facility. Led a diverse team of over 70 aerodrome staff in the delivery of a safe and efficient customer focused operation. Provided airfield services, rescue firefighting, ATC and flight operations support. Implemented business-wide integrated management system embracing separate Quality & Safety Management streams. Developed aerodrome Noise Management and Action Plan. Experienced in consulting with local authorities, Department for Transport (DfT), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the local community regarding environmental concerns. P&L budgetary control and identifying new business opportunities whilst managing cost-base. Engaged to merge two companies incorporating efficiencies.


May '08 - Feb '12

Newtownards Airport, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Aerodrome Manager and Chief Flying Instructor
Responsible for provision of Licensed Aerodrome in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations. Duties included assurance of crash rescue services, assessment and maintenance of operating services, notification of changes, management of fuel facilities and liaison with UKBA / Special Branch. Standardised delivery of flight instruction to PPL students in glass-cockpit single engine aircraft.


1985 - 2008
     (Feb '05 - May '08)

Royal Air Force (RAF)

RAF London Air Traffic Control Centre, West Drayton, Middlesex
Officer Commanding
Developed and ensured service delivery in complex safety critical organisation holding Unit Safety Accountability. Led the initiation and implementation of operational safety and risk planning involving day-to-day senior level interface with NATS, MOD, CAA and other interested agencies. Programme Manager for planning and execution of infrastructure relocation incorporating organisational change, complex hazard / risk analysis and business continuity.

     (Feb '04 - Feb '05)

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), UK

Manager Off-Route Airspace
Seconded from RAF to executive CAA position operating across public and private sectors. Demonstrated high level liaison and interaction with senior national / international service providers. Responsible for incorporating strategic policy and planning within Europe. Represented UK national interest in the development of European Air Traffic Management regulations. Delivered regulatory change initiatives within tight timelines. Ownership of UK Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) policy.

     (Dec '02 - Feb '04)

RAF Central Air Traffic Control School, RAF Shawbury

Head of Post-Graduate Training
Led team of 60+ personnel in the design and delivery of second tier training, with responsibility for professional development of post-graduate students. Reviewed extant training procedures and instigated changes. Reformed post-graduate training course, delivered improvement in first-time pass rate and reduced remedial training time. Additionally, drove operational requirements for high-value simulator upgrades.

     (Sep '00 - Dec '02)

RAF & International Coalition Operations, RAF Northolt / Kabul International Airport
Head of Airfield Support & Operational Services
Liaison with emerging national authority, ICAO, EU and Department for International Development (DFID) in the reconstitution of an international airport in accordance with ICAO standards. Managed a team of 120 in a multi-site airport and air operations environment. Ensured safety critical aerodrome capability in direct support of Royal and VVIP operations at RAF Northolt and established and maintained operational capability in hostile conditions at Kabul Airport. Designated Officer for £9.6M navigational equipment project.

     (Aug '98 - Sep '00)

Military Operations, Worldwide

Contingency Planner / Operations Officer
Coordinated UK military helicopter deployments and operations. Oversight of intelligence, logistical, operational and security functions. Performed site reconnaissance and established operating capability at austere locations. Responsible for nationally sensitive strategic plans.

     (Sep '85 - Aug '98)

Various Air Traffic Control duties, Nationwide

Air Traffic Control Examiner and Instructor
RAF ATC trained and after first tour in Germany, returned to Central ATC School at RAF Shawbury as instructor. Delivered one-to-one simulator training to ATC students and issued certificates of competency for controllers and unit examiners. Appointed as an RAF examiner in 1994, auditing units across UK and Europe.